Potential trade suitors for CJ2K
March, 20, 2014
By Tom Carpenter | ESPN Insider
It has been assumed for quite some time now that Chris Johnson will not be on the Tennessee Titans' roster when the 2014 regular season begins. Initially it appeared the team would release him, because Johnson's $10 million cap hit would make it tough to find a team willing to trade for his services. However, the Titans have ascertained there is trade interest in Johnson, sources confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder. No deal is imminent at this time.
So which teams make the most sense as trade partners for Johnson? Well, there are only a few franchises that have a need at running back and also have the requisite cap space to add his contract (though there has been some buzz that he's willing to rework his deal if it's a team he likes). Furthermore, that team would have to be willing to give up some asset to acquire him. ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky suggested it might require a fifth- or sixth-round pick to attain Johnson.
We checked in with ESPN NFL Insider Matt Williamson today for his thoughts. He thinks the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins are a good fit for Johnson via trade, and that the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets also could work, though those teams might choose to target a younger option in the draft instead.
- St. Louis Rams: Coach Jeff Fisher drafted and coached Johnson when he was still with the Titans. Pairing the spry Johnson with Zac Stacy, who is more of a power back, would give the Rams a nice one-two punch. However, ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder tweeted Thursday morning that the Rams don't appear to be interested in Johnson right now.